Anthro in the news 2/20/12

• Two-part interview with David Graeber
The Boston review carried an extensive interview with cultural anthropologist David Graeber, author of the recent book entitled Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Among other topics, Graeber discusses student debt.

• Aboriginal treasures found in a basement
ABC news Australia reports that anthropologists at Perth’s Berndt Museum have discovered treasures in a basement that could change the lives of Aboriginal people. They will become part of an exhibition. This link will take you to a six-minute video.

• Double major in cultural anthropology for sports star
CSB Sports carried an article describing how a college sports star decided to double major in anthropology through inspiration from international travel. Mason Plumlee took a class on China last spring to help him prepare for his team’s trip to China in August. Plumlee enjoyed the class and trip so much that he decided to major in cultural anthropology in addition to his first major in psychology.

• Finding gender in fingerprints
Research conducted by Kewal Krishan of the anthropology department of Panjab University, India, along with his student Chitrabala, shows fingerprints found at a crime scene can help in determining a person’s gender. The research has been accepted by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFC) and will be presented in the 64th annual conference to be held in Atlanta. The study is based on the hypothesis that female fingerprints have finer ridges than male’s and a greater ridge density within a given area.

• Aztec findings in Mexico City
A total of 23 pre-Columbian stone plaques dating to 550 years ago were discovered by archaeologists in front of the Great Temple of Tinochtitlan in downtown Mexico City, according to the National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH). Archaeologist Raul Barrera said the remains are of great archaeological value because they are the first such pieces to have been found within the sacred grounds of Tenochtitlan.

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